The national election is just days away and both Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are preparing for the presidential debates. At the same time, they're wondering if there's an October surprise, some pivotal moment, waiting in the wings to upset the whole race and shake things up.
The Chinese government finally announced when its Party Congress would take place, the event where its leadership turns over and a new generation steps up. Among those competing for a top spot is Wang Yang, a top party leader in Guangdong province.
When diplomats and leaders from 193 countries converge on New York City and the United Nations, things get a bit humbled. Of course, the traffic is bad. But people get tangled up over what the United Nations should be doing. The situation in the Middle East, including the American video Innocence of Muslims, was top of mind.
Arizona has been at the center of American political debate in recent years. It passed a controversial immigration bill that has since been copied in other places, they've endured a deadly shooting that nearly took the life of a congresswoman. But an author says Arizona's is at the end, not the beginning, of America's political future.
The Chinese people don't know much about where their big leadership transition is supposed to happen -- but they know it's soon. Slowly, more people are calling on the government to be more transparent in its process.
The National Football League's referees ignited a storm of controversy Monday night -- by some accounts it was the third-most tweeted event in Twitter's history -- when they incorrectly called a touchdown that gave the Seattle Seahawks a victory at the expense of the Green Bay Packers. Politicians of all stripes have called on the NFL and its referees to reach an agreement.
Spain's new conservative government is making time from its efforts to rescue the country's moribund economy and instead work on rolling back laws changed under the last, Socialist government. Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has introduced a bill to re-criminalize abortion.
Won't Back Down, out this fall, follows parents trying to wrest control of their school from the school district. It's a movie-rendition of the real battle playing out across the educational system, where school reformers are confronted vested interests as everyone tries to figure out how to improve America's school system.
Saturday Night Live for decades has lampooned Americas political leaders and political wanna-bes. With the presidential election just a few weeks away now, both Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, or their imitators, are taking their turns in the hot seat. But perhaps nothing will ever rival the "gift" SNL got when Sarah Palin ran for vice president, comedian Seth Meyers says.
When Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are trying to up their appeal to Latino voters, they'll often try on a few words of Spanish. But, perhaps too often, those words don't come out the same way they sound in the candidates' head. And that can be a problem.